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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:00 am

Indiana vs. Portland State

Associated Press

Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington

When: 2 p.m. today

Records: Indiana (1-0), Portland State (1-0)

Online: BTN+

Radio: 1250 AM

Outlook: This is the second of seven straight home games against mid-major opponents (Portland State is a member of the Big Sky Conference) to open the season for Indiana. ... The Vikings employ a full-court pressure defense and like to push the ball as much as they can. The Hoosiers have also stated their desire to get out and run as much as possible and, like Portland State, they have the depth to keep that up for 40 minutes. Expect plenty of scoring in this game; both teams put up at least 94 points in their season-openers. … The Vikings forced a whopping 30 turnovers, including 18 steals, in their opener against Division III Puget Sound, and although that isn't exactly a formidable opponent, the Hoosiers will still have to take care of the ball. The game will be a test for freshman guard Armaan Franklin, who had eight assists and no turnovers in his first college game. ... Portland State is led by junior Holland Woods, who was Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 2017-18 and a second-team all-conference performer last season when he topped the Vikings with 15 points per game and was second in the conference with 5.3 assists per contest. … Indiana forward Justin Smith is coming off a big game in the season-opener against Western Illinois in which he had 24 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. The Leathernecks didn't have anyone who could match up with Smith, but Portland State might in 6-foot-8 Sal Nuhu, a strong, athletic forward who averaged two blocks per game last season. … Indiana will be short-handed at guard with Devonte Green still out because of a hamstring injury. Point guard Robert Phinisee is likely to play but will be limited to about 20 minutes as he works his way back into shape following a mysterious abdominal injury that kept him out most of October. The sophomore scored 14 points in 18 minutes against Western Illinois. … The Hoosiers will return to action Tuesday with a matchup against North Alabama of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

– Dylan Sinn, The Journal Gazette

dsinn@jg.net